The Tomb is Empty, Jesus Is Alive
  
Sr. Terry
Dear Friend,  
 
The grasses, leaves, and flowers of spring are all visible signs of new life. But the sign of eternal life is the sign we cannot see—the crucified Jesus gone from the tomb!
 
To read my blog, click here.
 
Listen to Sr. Terry
  
In Christ, 
Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP
President and Executive Director
 

 
Small-Community Ideas That Work:
The Paschal Mystery 
 
Paschal Mystery small group
The end of the faith-sharing season is not a time to grade yourself or your group. Rather, it is a time to consider how God is at work in your ministry as a small-community leader, in the lives of the individual participants of your community, and through your community as a whole.
 
 
For some questions to aid your reflection on the Paschal Mystery and your small group, click here.
 
 

 
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RENEW to Partner with GreenFaith, Catholic Climate Covenant on Response to Pope Francis' Encyclical on Ecology 
 
 RENEW International is collaborating with the Catholic Climate Covenant and GreenFaith to develop small-group materials about Pope Francis' eagerly anticipated encyclical on ecology.
 
Designed for use in parishes and on college campuses, the small-group resources, in English and Spanish, will bring the encyclical into the lives of thousands of people. It will help members of parishes and faith communities understand the encyclical’s teachings and apply them to their lives. It will also include responses to the encyclical from religious leaders from diverse faith traditions.
 
For more information, click here.
 

 
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U Thein Htay, left, headmaster of the school at Kyauk Pyin Kan, Myanmar, stands with Rosemary Breen at a water tank paid for through a campaign launched by an ARISE group at a parish in New Jersey.
ARISE Group Provides Water to Myanmar Villages 
 
Few things are as easily taken for granted as clean water, and that fact prompted a small Christian community in New Jersey to help their brothers and sisters half-way around the world.
 
According to Jackie McNulty of St. Mary/St. Andrew Parish in Bayonne, the small group that was experiencing its second season of ARISE Together in Christ from RENEW International was determined to turn faith into action.
 
To read more, click here.
 

 
 
Bishop Zurek
 
Bishop Patrick Zurek of the Diocese of Amarillo praised
RENEW International and Catholic Extension for bringing 
Why Catholic?/ ¿Por qué ser católico? to his mission diocese.
A Bishop's Dream Come True 
 
We recently received a gracious personal letter of thanks from Bishop Patrick Zurek of the Diocese of Amarillo. In describing the significant blessings of Why Catholic? for the people of his mission diocese, he wrote, “You made a bishop’s dream come true. You acknowledged the hunger and thirst of the people of a missionary diocese to participate in the same programs as parishes with greater means. You help us to realize that we are not alone, but are part of the beautiful, loving, caring, generous, and evangelizing community known as the Universal Catholic Church.”
 
To read more, click here.
 

 
May Has Long Been the Month of Mary 
 
Mary crowning“All things seem possible in May.”
 
That observation by naturalist Edward Teale rings true: In May, the memory of winter fades away, new life springs from the earth, and summer no longer seems like an empty promise.
 
This atmosphere of rejuvenation and hope—ideas that are related to motherhood—has inspired Christians in many cultures to dedicate the month of May to Mary, the mother of Jesus.
 
To read more, click here.
 

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Meet Mary in Prayer During May 
 
Deepen your appreciation of and devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary and her role in our lives and the life of the Church.
 
Get a 10% discount on all At Prayer with Mary and No temas, María resources.
 
Scripture, Catholic teaching, personal testimonies, and Marian prayer—including the rosary—provide a renewed appreciation of Mary’s place in today’s world, where she, as always, points the way to Christ.

Use promo code FA1510 upon checkout.*
 
To learn more, click here.
 
*Good through May 1, 2015 on specified items only. Not valid on prior purchases.
 

 
RENEW Announces Gala Honorees 
 
On June 4, 2015 the Sixteenth Annual RENEW Gala will be held at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, New Jersey. The gala is an opportunity to celebrate RENEW’s work and three outstanding honorees who demonstrate the mission of RENEW in their lives of service.
 
Sister Mary Flood, OP, MD, PhD, a physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and assistant professor in the Department of Medicine of Columbia University; Tom Higgins, chief administrative officer of First Data; and Mario Paredes, presidential liaison to Roman Catholic Ministry at the American Bible Society, will be honored as Catholics who in their faith journeys have connected faith with life.
 
If you are unable to attend the gala, please consider placing a journal ad acknowledging our honorees, remembering a loved one, or advertising your business.
 
You may purchase your tickets, reserve your ad space, make a donation, or participate in our auction by visiting our website or calling (908) 769-5400 ext. 112.
 

 
Conference CalendarCome Meet Us 
 
National Conference of Catechetical Leaders
May 18-21, 2015
Buffalo Niagara Conference Center
Buffalo, New York
 
Calling everyone involved in adult faith formation, catechesis, and religious education! RENEW’s staff will be present and meeting with pastoral leaders from around the country. Greg Kremer, RENEW’s director of diocesan program sales, will offer a workshop, “Living the New Evangelization through Small Christian Communities,” which fits perfectly with the theme of this year’s gathering, “Encounter the Joy of the Gospel.” Dr. Laura Kolmar and Sr. Maureen Colleary, FSP, will offer roundtable sessions highlighting RENEW’s pastoral offerings for parishes and small groups. Please stop by to visit us at our exhibit booth, #217.
 
For more information, click here.
 
 

 
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